Electra Gizeli received a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; a M.Sc. from University College London, U.K.; and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, U.K. Following short post-doc visits in EPFL, Lausanne and Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, USA, in 1995 she obtained a David Philips BBSRC Junior Research Fellowship and established her group on “Acoustic Biosensors” at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. In 2003 she moved to the Dept. of Biology at the University of Crete where currently, she is a full Professor. Since 2003 she is also an Affiliated Researcher in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at FORTH, Greece.


Her group’s interests are focused on the study and application of acoustic wave biosensors to nano-biotechnology, biophysics and molecular diagnostics. She is the (co)author of 77 publications, 4 book chapters, 2 edited books and 4 patents. She has delivered keynote and invited oral presentations in several international conferences/workshops. She has coordinated several multidisciplinary competitive projects funded by international (HFSP), European (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020) and national (BBSRC, Royal Society, GSRT) organizations, attracting total funding of over 14M euros (5.8M euros for Biosensors lab).

Work presented by her group was shortlisted for the Greek Innovation Award in 2013 (top 10 most innovative projects), was one of the three winners in the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2015 competition and received the 1st award during the 2016 Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition in Greece. She has served as an industrial consultant and as a member of the experts' committee for defining the area of advanced micro-nano-bio systems and devices, at a national level. In 2014 she received the Leviner Distinguished Fellowship from Ben Gurion Univ. in Israel. In 1997 she was elected Fellow of the Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge and since 2016 she has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is the co-founder of the spin off company AWS Dx in Spain (


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Selected publications

1. G. Papadakis, A. Pantazis, M. Ntogka, K. Parasyris, G. Theodosi, G. Kaprou and E. Gizeli, 3D-printed point-of-care platform for genetic testing of infectious diseases directly in human samples using acoustic wave sensors and a smartphone ACS Sensors, 2019, 4 (5), 1329-1336
2. G. Papadakis, P. Murasova, A. Hamiot, K. Tsougeni, G. Kaprou, M. Eck, D. Rabus, Z. Bilkova, B. Dupuy, G. Jobst, A. Tserepi, E. Gogolides, E. Gizeli, Micro-nano-bio acoustic system for the detection of foodborne pathogens in real samples Biosensors Bioelectronics, 2018, 111, 52-58
3. P. Mateos-Gil, A. Tsortos, M. Velez, E. Gizeli, Monitoring structural changes in intrinsically disordered proteins with QCM-D: Application to the bacterial cell division protein ZipA; Chemical Communications, 2016, 521, 6541-6544
4. A. Tsortos, A. Grammoustianou, R. Lymbouridou, G. Papadakis, E. Gizeli,The detection of multiple DNA targets with a single probe using a conformation-sensitive acoustic sensor Chemical Communications, 2015, 511, 11504-11507
5. G. Papadakis and E. Gizeli, Screening for mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes by measuring the acoustic ratio with QCM, Analytical Methods 2014, 6 (2) 363-371 (Inside cover page)
6. G. Papadakis, A Tsortos, A. Kordas, I. Tiniakou, E. Morou, J. Vontas, D. Kardassis, E. Gizeli, Acoustic detection of DNA conformation in genetic assays combined with PCR, Scientific Reports 2013, 3, 2033, DOI: 10.1038 (Press report)
7. K. Mitsakakis and E. Gizeli, Detection of multiple cardiac markers with an integrated acoustic platform for cardiovascular risk assessment, Analytical Chimica Acta 2011, 699, 1-5 (Feature article)
8. G. Papadakis, A. Tsortos, E. Gizeli, Acoustic characterization of nanoswitch structures; application to the DNA Holliday Junction, Nano Letters 2010, 10, 5093-5097


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